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Day of Sharing Melbourne

I just want to say what a wonderful time I had at my first Day of Sharing.  The demonstrations were so informational and helpful.  I am so glad I attended and plan to attend more.  I also attended Simi Cake & Confections sugar classes that were held on saturday.  These classes were excellant, since taking the classes I feel more confident working with sugar.  If you want to work with pulled or blown sugar I strongly suggest taking these classes.



Added by Barbara Schmal on June 27, 2011 at 7:38pm — No Comments

Florida Food Inspection Letter

Hello Everyone,
I know everyone is excited that Florida has the Cottage Food Law, and I know everyone has questions.   Please give the Dept of Agriculture a chance to get things put together regarding this new law before contacting them.  Below is an email I received to help with some of your anxiety.
Bill 7209 specifying new language in Chapter 500 Florida Statutes was passed during the recent legislative session. This change…

Added by Barbara Schmal on June 24, 2011 at 6:50am — 1 Comment

Florida Governor Signs Cottage Food Act

Florida Cottage Food Act will be effective on July 1st. 


Enjoy your new found freedom of baking from your homes.


Happy Baking



Added by Barbara Schmal on June 22, 2011 at 3:14pm — 1 Comment

REV1 Chocolate Tempering Machine for Sale


Brand new, never used.  Ebay sells for over $400.  Please contact me directly to make serious offer.




Added by Jane Koon on June 16, 2011 at 4:19pm — No Comments


It appears a spammer got into our network and caused some unrest.  I apologize for the disruption and have suspended the person involved.  I have set a control that from now all prospective members must be approved by me.  If you feel there is a reason to suspend a member, please bring it to my attention as soon as possible.

Thank you for your sharing and caring thru the activities on this page.




Added by Merrie Lee Axtell Reese on June 15, 2011 at 10:49pm — 1 Comment

Florida Cottage Food Passes Onto the Governor

I just watched the Cottage Food Bill being voted on for the last time and it passed out of the House and Senate and is now going to the Governor to sign into law.  The Governor has two weeks the most to sign the bill.

Happy Baking/Cooking Florida
Barbara Schmal

Added by Barbara Schmal on May 6, 2011 at 6:49pm — 1 Comment

PME Professional Diploma Course

Does anyone in the southeastern US offer this course?

Added by Jane Koon on March 24, 2011 at 12:29pm — 3 Comments

Cottage Food Bill# HB 5007

The Cottage Food Bill has a number now HB 5007 so if you go to the website of the Florida House of Representatives you can look up this bill and follow it. It is currently going through other committees. The Bill# isn't just for the Cottage Food Act actually it is for several professions that the house is streamlining the requirements. So to see the requirements for the Cottage Food you need to scroll down the bill until you see "Cottage Food" the bill will state first how the law is currently… Continue

Added by Barbara Schmal on March 18, 2011 at 6:17pm — No Comments

Florida Cottage Food Act is NOW a BILL next LAW

Hello Everyone,

I am please to tell you that the Florida House of Representatives have created the Florida Cottage Food Act as a bill. This bill will be heard on Tuesday and then it goes to the next committee, than the senate and finally the Govenor. I attached the actual bill for you to read. The actual bill is on page 15 item 415. I reviewed a copy of this bill last week but was not able to say anything. Today Teddi Creamer called me to tell me the location of the bill and said… Continue

Added by Barbara Schmal on March 12, 2011 at 3:04pm — 4 Comments

Boca Day of Sharing

Hi everyone,

I just added an album from the Boca Day of Sharing from yesterday.  It was great seeing all our South Florida friends!  Hope everyone can make it to the Day of Sharing in Melbourne Beach on 6/26/11.  Enjoy!

Added by Sidney Galpern on January 31, 2011 at 10:51am — No Comments

Florida ICED Cake Competition

We have been working hard for a year now to make our 1st Annual Florida ICEd Cake Competition a success. We have tons of prizes to win for all.. We have tons of great raffle prizes. We have beautiful trophies. The judges and demostrator classes are out of this world with great people and talents, donating their time and talents for the show event.  We have vendors, free cake sample area. We are inviting the public, brides, event planners, competitiors. We have "Kids Corner for the kids for free… Continue

Added by lisa menz on January 11, 2011 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Florida Cottage Food Act Update

I received the email below from the Florida Dept of Agriculture. It appears that the Commissioner will be making some recommedations at the end of this month regarding allowing baked goods from home. I think it would be a good idea to send a letter to the commissioner expressing our needs for this act and how it will benefit Florida. The commissioner for the Dept of Agriculture is Charles Bronson and you can email him at…


Added by Barbara Schmal on December 6, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

Commercial Convection Oven

has been sold

Added by Jane Koon on October 12, 2010 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Daytona Day of Sharing (DOS)

The ICES Day of Sharing in Daytona was a great time for all. There were demonstrations on tropical flowers, sugar molding, using photo printing for decorating, and a stand up baby carriage.

The Cake Challenge was a real hit with the three teams of three in a 30 minute battle to beat the clock, decorate a cake with buttercream, make a fondant bow and most of all, be able to demonstrate caring and sharing among the team members and the other teams, too.


Added by Merrie Lee Axtell Reese on September 29, 2010 at 8:13am — No Comments


Hello Everyone,

I want to give you an update regarding getting the Florida Cottage Food Act passed into law. At our meeting that was held on Sept. 11th, only 4 people showed up, Amy Spencer, Karen Scheff, Stephanie Boswell and Nicole Srur. There were several people who could not make the meeting but, offered ways to help.

We are working on starting a blog, and an online petition. Since there are elections this November this will give us time to contact talk with everyone… Continue

Added by Barbara Schmal on September 24, 2010 at 6:57am — No Comments

Making friends

I've noticed that in other states alot of cake decorators have made awesome relationships with fellow cake decorators and I wonder how that's happened? I find it's hard to even get an answer when I ask a question or advice to a cake decorator specially if the decorator is local.

I'm more than willing to help and share with anyone, why can't it be reciprocated? During these difficult economical times, I would love to be able to share and talk to someone in my area, it helps keep our minds… Continue

Added by Shari on July 26, 2010 at 9:24pm — 1 Comment

Florida ICES Day of Sharing in Plantation, Fl - 3/21/2010

Hello everyone. The Florida ICES Day of Sharing in Plantation, Fl was a resounding success! I posted pictures of the displays at http://flices.ning.com/photo/albums/ices-day-of-sharing.

125 people attended the event and the caring and sharing cake challenge was a lot of fun for all. The cake displays were awesome, the demos were…


Added by Merrie Lee Axtell Reese on March 22, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Ocala Day of Sharing Pictures

Jennifer Moorehead has provided pictures from the Ocala DOS. Scroll down to photos and click "view all". There are several pages of photos and the DOS photos are interspersed with posts from other members. Most of them say "Jen's pics to share".

All Members are invited to share their photos,

Added by Merrie Lee Axtell Reese on October 21, 2009 at 7:28am — No Comments


Mercedes Strachwsky from Oveido, FL won the Oklahoma Cake Competition over the weekend! Her cake shop is Bake Me A Cake in Altamont Springs, FL. Congratulations to Mercedes for her beautiful work!

She designed and made the State Cake for the ICES Orlando Convention in 1997, and it is still on display at the Orlando Science Museum. Stop in and see it when you are in Orlando!!!

Added by Merrie Lee Axtell Reese on October 5, 2009 at 1:27pm — 2 Comments

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